Sunday, October 21, 2007

Abraham Lincoln's View of Corporations

Pat Robertson, The New World Order. Dallas: Word Publishing, 1991, pp. 265-6.

There is no hard evidence to prove it, but it is my belief that John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated Lincoln, was in the employ of the European bankers who wanted to nip this American populist experiment in the bud.

While still in office, Lincoln saw clearly what would happen after his time; here are his words:

The money power preys upon the nation in times of peace
and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more
despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy,
more selfish than bureaucracy. I see in the near future a
crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to
tremble for the safety of my country. Corporations have
been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will
follow, and the money power of the country will
endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the
prejudices of the people until the wealth is
aggravated [sic -- bc] in a few hands and the
republic is destroyed.

Are these the ravings of a lunatic? No, they are the judicious and heartfelt words of a patriot, a friend of the people, a man of faith who dreamed great things for America and suffered profoundly over its pains.

[The Lincoln quotation is spurious. See, e.g., <http://www.snopes.com/quotes/lincoln.asp>.]